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jay 119/04/2010 18:40:14
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having trouble planning long boards for jointing making table tops would i be better runnig a roller stand or making a false bed for the planner on the in feed side any help would be greatfull
Sparky19/04/2010 20:14:32
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Hi Jay
I would recommend both rollers back & front but, that's my opinion. Just make sure there level with the planner.
I'm sure others will give their expert advice.
Olly Parry-Jones19/04/2010 20:39:59
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Firstly, how long is your planer and how long are the boards you are trying to joint?
Almost certainly, some form of rollers or work supports are going to help you out, here. The main problem with planers is that, if you adjust the depth of cut on the infeed side (effectively raising or lowering that table) then, you will also need to raise or lower the support infront of the machine. Otherwise, if the support is too low, it won't help you much. And, if it's too high, you might end up with a convex edge, at best!
Personally, I hate roller stands as they're generally too flimsy and lightweight - if a bowed or crooked edge catches them, it can easily knock them over. An alterntive that I've seen is to prop a some MDF (jointed in a wide T-shape) in a Workmate at the correct height, which then effectively gives you a small run-off or feed table. The downside to this is that you would then need two Workmates. Unless you can add some weight to the base of the rollers.

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